With 98% of teachers now using tech to deliver lessons, we are on the lookout for classroom innovators. Those members of school staff who integrate digital technology in new and inspiring ways to enhance learning in their classrooms and beyond.

What is the Digital Innovator of the Year category?

Digital innovators open new worlds for their students.

Digital technologies used creatively in education can significantly improve teaching and learning outcomes. Educators showcasing technology as a positive force for good are role models for the teaching profession in the 21st Century.

What are the ingredients of your nominee’s success? Addressing the key points provided, tell us in your entry what makes your colleague an inspiring and successful digital innovator in education.

Who can enter?

  • All staff working in schools and FE colleges who have had a major impact on teaching and learning and spearheaded digital innovations in teaching environments
  • They do not need to hold QTS
  • We welcome entries from state and independent schools and FE colleges
  • We welcome entries for diverse educators who represent the diversity of our society

Key points to consider before entering

To maximise your nominee’s chances of success please address these key points in your entry.

  • Learning environment: The ways in which your colleague has embedded technology in the classroom to promote students’ high achievement and love of learning and how this impacts their student’s attitudes towards learning and technology – how is it shaped by their classroom experience?
  • Teaching and Learning: The ways in which your colleague demonstrates expertise and knowledge of digital technology and its effective deployment in their teaching practice and/or how they have supported their colleagues to use digital technology in their own classrooms. How do they skilfully embed technology in their pedagogical practice / and/or the practice of others?.
  • Evidence of impact: Your colleague’s use of technology has had a significant impact on the progress and achievement of their pupils How do they recognise or measure a change in outcomes or behaviours in students or colleagues.
  • Digital championship: Your colleague is passionate about using technology for teaching. How do they demonstrate their knowledge and passion for technology beyond the classroom. Examples of how they have led by example and supported other teachers in adopting innovative uses of technology across the school / college and been a vocal champion for digital technology in the wider community would be beneficial.


The entry deadline is Friday 1st March.


Meet our former winners

Nino Trentinella - 2023 Gold Winner

Nino is Head of the Art and Photography Department. She is a USA Presidential Award-winning teacher and a recognised specialist in Blended Learning and Artificial Intelligence Art.

Kalam Neale - 2022 Gold Winner

Kalam has envisioned, created and driven ground-breaking, specialist digital provision with educational development at its heart. His trailblazing work has ensured that Barnsley College has become a sector leader in the field and his expertise is now in demand in the UK and across the world.

Emma Darcy - 2021 Gold Winner

Emma has been the driving force behind the strategic implementation of technology for learning across all schools in the Chiltern Learning Trust MAT, ensuring access for all students.


The entry deadline is Friday 1st March.